Australia bowler Megan Schutt said that she is not the best match-up for India’s opening pair of Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma.
T20 World Cup Final
Ahead of the much-anticipated final against India on Sunday in the ongoing Women’s T20 World Cup, Australia’s Megan Schutt has a clear plea to skipper Meg Lanning — she doesn’t want to bowl to Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana. Schutt bore the brunt of Verma and Mandhana’s attacking cricket in the very first over during last month’s tri-series, dispatched for a four by the teenager on the very first ball and hit for a six by Mandhana.
Excitement abounds for the MCG showdown but Schutt admits she quakes at the sight of India’s top-order big guns, who flayed her for 16 runs in her opening over of the tournament.
“I just hate playing India — they’ve got the wood on me,” she said.
“Smriti and Verma have got me covered. That six in the tri-series was probably the biggest one I’ve ever been hit for.
There are obviously some plans we’re going to revisit as bowlers. Clearly, I’m not the best match-up to those two in the powerplay. They find me quite easy to play,” she added.
Schutt’s T20I career economy rate stands at 5.98, rising to 6.93 against India. Her wickets also cost significantly more, coming at 24.66 a piece against the Women in Blue compared with a career figure of 15.68.
Sunday’s showpiece against India
The 27-year-old thought her once-in-a-lifetime shot at a home World Cup final had gone when rain hit, but the pacer took a crucial two for 17 to down South Africa and take her side to Sunday’s showpiece against India.
“We’re in that final we’ve been talking about for so long and against India, which is super befitting, considering the tri-series we had. It couldn’t really be a bigger challenge for us.
Schutt was quoted as saying by the official ICC website
I just hate playing India – they’ve got the wood over me,” Schutt was quoted as saying by the official ICC website. “Smriti and Shefali have got me covered. That six Shafali hit me for in the tri-series was probably the biggest one I’ve ever been hit for,” she said.
The bowler went on to add that she will prepare to challenge Indian batswomen, but added that she is not a match-up to Indian openers in the powerplay overs. “There are obviously some plans we’re going to revisit as bowlers. (But) clearly, I’m not the best match-up to those two in the Powerplay. They find me quite easy to play,” she said.